Bungonia Canyon

“It’s like walking through an Annika painting” mused Josh as we scrambled down the much-maligned Bungonia creek gorge. Having spent the previous weekend at the Blue Mountains canyons of the Wollemi, and discussed extensively during the 5 hours of driving in each direction that the Blue Mountains really are quite a long way away, this…

Main Range Extravaganza

What do you get when you throw together a kayak, a volleyball and blue food colouring, a packliner sack race, two firn-gliders and nineteen people in a tent? The Main Range Extravaganza! Quickly dubbed the most extravagant extravaganza yet, the 2015 Australian National University Mountaineering Club Main Range Extravaganza was run by our super-keen (and…

Newnes Canyoning Extravaganza

In March 1913, the crowds waited anxiously for the Lady Denman to speak. The fate of the pronunciation of the new Capital of the Federation of Australia rested on her utterance, and so the Governor-General’s wife sealed its history with her two syllable word, Can-bra. Just over a century later, of course, almost nobody cares.…

Balloon Sunrise Spectacular

Early mornings and I have a civil and mutually beneficial agreement wherein we politely avoid each other, or offer only the briefest nod of acknowledgement if we are akwardly forced to meet. However, Canberra’s aptly named Balloon Spectacular is (at its 29th year) one of the longest-running hot ballooning events in the world, and so…

Cocktails on the Castle: The Red Promenade

The heat was, once again, oppressive. It seems particularly unlucky that this hike, involving 800m of elevation over 6km, and packs weighing upwards of 20 and even 30kg, had coincided with a heat wave not once but twice in 2014. Still, we napped in the shade before the final ascent and then pushed to the…

Walk on the Wildside: Mulligan’s Flat and The National Zoo and Aquarium

“A cheetah just licked my arm.” As excellent as many wildlife documentaries are, there’s nothing quite the same as experiencing wildlife in person. Over the local Human Brochure weekend, we experienced two very different ways that Canberra organisations are combining a conservation philosophy with public engagement: Mulligan’s Flat Woodland Sanctuary, and the National Zoo and…

Surfing a Kayak

On a beach on the New South Wales coast, a mid-twenties surfer stares out at the waves. It is a glorious day, the swell is perfect. The surfer flicks back his long hair… and then pulls up a skirt. And then zips up a life jacket. And then wedges himself inside a buoyant plastic boat,…